(Corsica, SD) -- A Corsica farmer is ordered to pay back 24-million dollars in one of the biggest cases of cattle fraud in South Dakota history.
Robert Blom was sentenced in federal court yesterday to seven-and-a-half years in prison. He was charged with wire fraud and money laundering for selling the same cattle to multiple investigators. In total, Blom scammed $24 million from 30 victims over a five year period, with one individual losing close to 3.75 million dollars.
Thirty counts were dropped as part of a plea bargain.
Civil lawsuits filed against Blom are still ongoing, with court documents saying more than 70 parties were affected by his actions.